More IVF centres are being planned in Shanghai to give infertile couples a helping hand
If you are a local Chinese man who has successfully impregnated your wife without any help from the doctor — there’s probably a grand total of five of you reading this, but anyhow — the Shanghai Sperm Bank wants to study your jism.
It’s all part of some very important research they’re carrying out to ensure that the Chinese race doesn’t die out tomorrow. You see, the quality of baby batter in our city has been falling precipitously. Shanghai Daily delivers the catastrophic news:
Both sperm quality and activity are dropping throughout the country due to environmental pollution, work stress and unhealthy lifestyle. At least 10 percent of local couples are infertile and 10 percent of them turn to sperm banks, experts said.
According to research conducted by the National Population and Family Planning Commission, domestic male sperm fertility has dropped by 1 percent annually since the 1980s.
Awww, shucks! Fortunately, Shanghai health officials have a plan (don’t they always) to ensure that local couples begin popping more babies. Currently, the seven hospitals offering in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) services here adopt only western approaches. The goal is to establish a new IVF center that uses Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches (or both western and TCM approaches) by the year 2020. Sounds a bit far away but TCM FTW anyway!
All in all, 120 volunteers are needed for the
massive handjob party study. No word on whether any buck for the bang is being offered this time round, but previous studies have paid RMB50-200 a pop for university students, and RMB200-3,500 for working adults.
More spermy goodness here.